Old Again - Broken People EP
Old Again is a fairly new band in the pop punk scene, but don't let that keep you away from their music. This EP will blow you away.
Hundredth - Revolt EP
The first of two new EP's from Hundredth this year. How does this stack up against their previous two albums?
Featured Band: Old Again
Orlando Pop Punkers Old Again are making some great music, but have you heard it yet?.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Brooklyn Enigma is a band that formed in the late days of 2012 and have already written, recorded, and preparing to release their debut EP, "Brave Words." Their New Years Resolution must have been to create some catchy, melodic, dangerous hardcore music, because that's exactly what they've done. "Brave Words" is a five song (excluding the :30 second, creepy, ominous, eerie introduction) that takes on a sound that I can best associate with The Ghost Inside or Your Memorial, if I had to choose. Rough vocals throughout, melodic leads on guitar, and the occasional breakdown sprinkled throughout the EP make up the recipe that "Brave Words" is made of. This EP doesn't re-invent the wheel by any means, but not every band has to do that in order for a release to be deemed as quality. Anything that one can dance to, sing to, break in-animate objects to, is quality work in my book.
This album is full of energy. Every single song is slammed with down-tune riffing on guitar held together by an up-tempo assault on the drums. As far as instrumental sound goes, there is a fair amount of consistency throughout all of songs. The Brooklyn Enigma created a formula for the sound they wanted and stuck to it. Lyrical content has proven to be a strong-point for these young gents. Many instances, especially in "Cujo," are many call-out lyrics right before an earth shattering breakdown that would fit perfectly on a t-shirt (hint hint). "I can smell the fear in you" - "Cujo." Absolutely incredible. There are no musical slouches in The Brooklyn Enigma. The vocals bring mind-numbing power to the table while the guitars and bass perfectly follow the drums like ducklings following their mother when learning how to swim. "LBA," the EP's final track, is probably the heaviest on the album. With the "BLEGH," in the opening 30 seconds, I knew I was sold on the remainder of the song and I surely wasn't disappointed. The breakdowns are mean, the vocals are aggressive, and the guitar work is nothing short of juicy. This song is the complete package for an excellent debut EP.
I was also baffled at the amazing quality of the recording for a band just beginning its tenure in the metal world. The production leaves absolutely nothing behind. Every instrument can be heard clearly and the overall sound isn't too slick or damp. For a debut EP that was created in a little over 4 months, this is a solid piece of work and something I'd definitely recommend giving a listen to.
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: TBA
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Northlane has proved in the past year and a half to be one of the most hardworking, dedicated, energetic, and up-and-coming bands this planet has ever seen. Over the past year since the release of their debut, "Discoveries," Northlane has embarked on multi-continental tours adding up to over 200 shows, and also managed to not only write another full-length album, but also record it and release it. "Singularity," Northlane's sophomore album, mainly discusses the joys of life through the lyrics as opposed to the negative outlook that many metal bands create with their music in present times. Ironically, even though the lyrics create a positive aura to the record, the instrumental work takes your breath away with every riff of every song. Northlane once again proves that they are among the elite with "Singularity." The musicianship and variety on this record is unmatched by any other band and sets the bar extremely high for anyone who attempts to take their throne as kings of the metal world. These metal-maticians have really outdone themselves this time.
Fans have received small servings of the feast that is "Singularity" periodically with songs such as "Quantum Flux," "World Eater," and "Scarab" being released early. With the perfect combination of intense riffs reminiscent of August Burns Red blended with the aggressiveness and heaviness of Reflections and Auras, Northlane creates the perfect concoction of everything that every single metal fan would enjoy in a full length album. Encompassing elements of Ambient, Djent, metalcore, and hardcore into their music, Northlane keeps you guessing as to what will comes next. Nothing on this album is predictable, and that's what makes it great. Although there are breakdowns present in scattered amounts throughout "Singularity," they by no means are predictable nor do they overwhelm the listener. "Singularity" gives off the perfect combination of melody and brutality.
Due to the instrumental perfection of this album, I feel that many of the listeners will neglect to observe the vocal dominance of Adrian throughout this album. "Quantum Flux" is a perfect example as the entire spectrum of vocals is given during this song all with untouchable power and energy. The amount of energy given off by this album could power an entire third world country for a month. "Singularity" is sure to satisfy your eardrums and destroy your car speakers. This album is going to be what solidifies Northlane as legends , for good. Pick up this album. There is no excuse why you can't get your hands on this album.
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Record Label : UNFD
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Vanna has always been a favorite band of mine and when I found out they were recording a new full length I could not have been more excited. They have progressed so much with every release they've put out and “The Few And The Far Between” doesn't stray from the progression. They've gone from a post-hardcore band in the “A New Hope” era, then straight into a metalcore band in the “The Honest Hearts/And They Came Baring Bones” era, now they've transformed into a melodic hardcore sound and it could not be more perfect.
The record starts off with the title track which is pretty much an intro for the record. Davey Muise screams “I've kept quiet for far too long” and “I’m sick and tired of the same old shit.” This song just progressively adds instruments and powerful lyrics. Davey chants “Stand up, stand proud, stand tall. I believe in you, if you believe in me.” Which continues on for the remainder track, and then there’s a smooth transition into the second track “The Lost Art Of Staying Alive” which is a short track at only one minute and forty six seconds. The track opens with an awesome guitar riff and Davey screaming “So it begins again” The instrumental work on this track is amazing, it’s so fast and tight.
Fifth track in and we hit “Casket Rhythm” and it’s another short one at two minutes and eleven seconds. Like the other shorter songs it’s not as fast instrumentally, it sort of has a little break in the middle of it. But after that break Davey begins screaming “I said I’d watch your words decay, I watched your mouth become a shallow grave. You’re deadweight.” And commence a breakdown. This track really shows of their melodic sound at the end, which again I feel is a perfect sound for them. The sixth track in really hit home to me, it’s titled “The Weekly Slap in the Face”. The reason this track hits so hard for me is that it’s about a father leaving his family behind with no remorse. This track also has another clean vocal part by Joel which sounds just as good as the others. About halfway through the song Davey screams, “You don’t call, you don’t talk, I’m beginning to think it’s my fault. Know what happens to people you use? They stop giving a fuck about you. No one to lead, no one to guide. Your mistakes will ruin my life. You’re not a man, I’ll tell you why, men don’t leave their families to die.” That line in general made this song my favorite off of this whole record.
The longest track on the album “The Dreamer/The Thief/The Relic” starts out with a slow melodic intro and gets right into the speediness of the rest of the album, then slows down again with Davey screaming line after line. Honestly this would have to be my least favorite track on the album, it didn't really stand out to me that much. This song does feature the only guest vocal on the album by the vocalist of Boston hardcore band Great American Ghost.
Into the last two tracks of the album, track ten, “When in Roam”, is another one that stood out to me. It opens with a nasty guitar riff and Davey screaming “Live free. Die free. I won’t be alone. Live free. Die free. My home is where I roam.” This track is another one that has a lot to do with personal issues of whomever is the main lyricist of Vanna. It’s also another short track at only two minutes and one second. The last track of the album “His Heels” starts off really melodic and slow with a group chant, and as soon as Davey chimes in it’s nothing but speed. One of the main lyrics that stood out to me in this song was “Will I ever love again, can I ever right this wrong?” which I’m feeling has strong emotional meaning to the lyricist. The outro of the track has Davey and Joel singing “But it’s okay, I've learned to love another.” And a mess of drums ensues and then the album is over.
All in all this record, in my opinion, is complete perfection. It is completely what I expected from them after their previous full length. Vanna has never been a band to disappoint for me, and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. They've got a lot to top when recording their follow up of this masterpiece.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In today’s music industry bands come and go faster than most people know, bands break up and members form other bands or continue on to other endeavors. The band I’m reviewing today is a band formed because of a break up. Firestarter formed after the break up of Connecticut pop punk kings Casting Call in 2012 and are set to release their debut EP this month.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013